Valenciennes were again defeated last round (1-0 at Guingamp) and now only a miracle can save them from relegation. But we are not kids anymore to believe in Santa Claus and miracles and neither are Valenciennes’ players.
Everyone at the club is fully aware they will play in Ligue2 next season.
For about two months already Valenciennes’ playing style has been chaotic both in the attacking and defensive phase. Upfront striker Waris was the only one struggling to create pressure and put opponents in difficulty. He scored 9 goals since arriving at Valenciennes in winter, helped them tremendously, but is only human and without proper support from teammates the offensive phase still suffers.
Coaching Valenciennes will leave a bitter taste for coach Jacobs as it’s the first time in his career he relegates to an inferior division.
Valenciennes will welcome back fullback Mater after suspension.
Opponents Bordeaux were visibly outplayed last round at Lille (lost 2-1). Bordeaux had problems in creating decent opportunities and most of their possession was wasted with balls from one midfielder to another. This is actually how Bordeaux performed in all away from home games in 2014. In-fact Bordeaux couldn’t win a single away from home game after the winter break. With 3 rounds to go and nothing to motivate them most likely Bordeaux will continue with the detached attitude.
Central defender Henrique and forwards Saivet and Jussie are highly doubtful ahead of this game.
With Valenciennes demoralized and Bordeaux already in vacation mode this encounter can easily be the ugliest and most uneventful of the round.
UPDATE: Bordeaux will miss a couple of players but only 4 of them are relevant: defender Henrique, forwards Saivet and Jussie, and winger Maurice-Belay. 3 youngsters were called to replace them. Still no bet as Bordeaux have a pretty competitive team.
Valenciennes: Novaes, Penneteau – Angoua, Ciss, Kagelmacher, Lala, Masuaku, Medjani, Néry – P.A.Camara, M.Dossevi, Ducourtioux, Enza-Yamissi, Melikson – Bahebeck, A.Le Tallec, Pujol, Waris
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Jug – Chalmé, Faubert, Mariano, Orban, Planus, Poundjé, L.Sané, Pellenard – Kaabouni, Nguemo, Sertic, Poko, Ab.Traoré – C.Diabaté, Rolan, T.Touré